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Niagara Literary Arts Festival 2014

 

Sunday June 1st

@ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library

1200pm-400pm

www.notlpubliclibrary.org

10 Anderson Lane, NOTL

-celebrate the opening of the Niagara Literary Arts Festival 2014 with a series of events, including a BOOKFAIR, a LECTURE by publisher Michael Callaghan (Exile Editions), and READINGS by author Cathy Marie Buchanan, Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke, Barrie Poet Laureate Bruce Meyer and author James Clarke.

This is a FREE event.

 

@1200pm – LECTURE ON PUBLISHING by Michael Callaghan

Michael Callaghan (Exile)

 

@100pm – 400pm - BOOKFAIR

-featuring a mix of local and not-so-local authors, publishers and presses.

 

@100pm – PRESENTATION for the Crabtree Creative Writing Contest

 

@200pm – READING with Cathy Marie Buchanan

CATHY MARIE BUCHANAN’s The Painted Girls is a #1 National Bestseller in Canada, a New York Times bestseller, and has garnered rave reviews and been showered with special attention—everything from selection as a People Magazine pick to inclusion in Entertainment Weekly’s Must List to being named a Best Book of 2013 by NPR, Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. Her debut novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, is a New York Times bestseller and a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection.

 

Her stories have appeared in many of Canada’s most respected literary journals, and she has received awards from both the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She holds a BSc (Honours Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now resides in Toronto with her husband and three sons. - See more at: www.cathymariebuchanan.com

 

@300pm – READING with George Elliot Clarke, Bruce Meyer and James Clarke

George Elliot Clarke is an Africadian poet, whose many honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1998), Governor General’s Award for Poetry (2001), National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-2008), Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), Poesis Premiul (2006, Romania), Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), and eight honorary doctorates. He is a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature and is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, having previously held posts at Duke University and McGill University.

 

Bruce Meyer (Barrie Ontario) has authored 37 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism and pedagogy. He is professor of English at Georgian College where he teaches in the Laurentian University BA Program, and at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie.

 

James Clarke is the author of seven books of poetry, including Dreamworks and How to Bribe a Judge, and the memoir about his wife’s suicide, A Mourner’s Kaddish. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. He appeared at IFOA 2012

 

Tuesday June 3rd

@Fine Grind Café

700pm

READING with STAN GALLOWAY and BRYAN MINNES

37 James Street, St. Catharines

This is a FREE event

Stan Galloway teaches English at Bridgewater College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and Best of the Net in 2011 and 2012. His collection Just Married (Unbound Content, 2013) focuses on early relationship lessons from the point of view of a new groom. His chapbook Abraham (Sierra Delta Press, 2012) looks at the life of the biblical Abra(ha)m and the perplexities of his experience. A Bird’s Life (Books on Blog, 2012) gathers poetic observations about, and sometimes from the point of view of, various feathered creatures. He has had more than 100 other poems published (in such places as Boston Literary Magazine, Contemporary World Literature, Muddy River Poetry Review, Red Booth Review, and vox poetica) and has also written a book of literary criticism, The Teenage Tarzan (McFarland, 2010). He has been featured at the Niagara Literary Arts Festival (St. Catherine’s, ON) and the Turner Cassity Literary Festival (Douglasville, GA). He has a determined interest in the production and influence of poetry around the globe.

 

Bryan Minnes: A lifelong reader with a dream to write …to inspire And touch hearts in laughter and sadness. Past Entrepreneur  …Educator …Writer …Public Speaker …Mentor. A Grandfather, retired, living in the Niagara Wine Region His Inspiration, Simon & Garfunkel  “Preserve Your Memories; They’re All That’s Left You”  

 

Wednesday June 4th

@Savoury and Sweet Restaurant

The Poetry Jam

800pm

READING with Stan Galloway and Javier Arizpe Zamora

3770 Bridgewater Street, Niagara Falls

www.savouryandsweet.com

This is a FREE event

Javier Arizpe Zamora is a poet, writer, and musician from Monterrey, Mexico. Having written for two decades, his first bilingual book of poetry was published in May 2012. He is currently working on the second installment in his “hundreds" poetry series, a short work of fiction called 2020, musical poems and secret projects to be announced.

Some of his multimedia works can be found at 100poesias.wordpress.com

 

Stan Galloway teaches English at Bridgewater College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and Best of the Net in 2011 and 2012. His collection Just Married (Unbound Content, 2013) focuses on early relationship lessons from the point of view of a new groom. His chapbook Abraham (Sierra Delta Press, 2012) looks at the life of the biblical Abra(ha)m and the perplexities of his experience. A Bird’s Life (Books on Blog, 2012) gathers poetic observations about, and sometimes from the point of view of, various feathered creatures. He has had more than 100 other poems published (in such places as Boston Literary Magazine, Contemporary World Literature, Muddy River Poetry Review, Red Booth Review, and vox poetica) and has also written a book of literary criticism, The Teenage Tarzan (McFarland, 2010). He has been featured at the Niagara Literary Arts Festival (St. Catherine’s, ON) and the Turner Cassity Literary Festival (Douglasville, GA). He has a determined interest in the production and influence of poetry around the globe.

 

 

Thursday June 5th

@Fine Grind Café

730pm

GRAND SLAM featuring DAGMAR MORGAN

37 James Street, St. Catharines

-the four week GRAND SLAM is your opportunity to experience great feature performers, along with a poetry competition with a $50 cash prize, and gifts for the runner ups.

This is a FREE event.

Poet, activist, musician and educator, Dagmar Morgan is the current Greater Toronto Area Slam Poetry Champion of Champions. Regarded as a dynamic voice on the Canadian poetry scene, Dagmar won her first slam championship the very first three times she stepped on a poetry stage -- something unheard of in the slam world. This initial slam title took her to the CFSW National Poetry (team) Championships in Montreal in 2013. Dagmar emerged from the nationals experience with a distinctive voice and an undeniable presence in her writing and performance. It’s no wonder she is keeping a busy schedule of performances, workshops, competitions and commissioned work.

 

Dagmar’s passion for expression has always permeated her life. As a formidable vocalist and songwriter, she has shared stage and studio time with some of Canada’s top talent. However, Dagmar’s musical drive does not stop at performing and writing. As an educator she taught music and poetry to children, teens and adults. Her love of mentoring artistic expression brought her to a position on the board of directors for The Matty Jae Youth Foundation, a non-profit that uses arts programming to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for Connect the Sector, a network that connects diverse voices and generations in the non-profit sector.

 

When Dagmar is not doing humanitarian work across the world, she lives in her hometown Toronto. Currently, she spends time with a very rambunctious grade 3 and 4 class. Together they write poems, sing songs and talk about important things like, Harry Potter spells and which colours should not be put together in a rainbow loom bracelet.

 

 

Friday June 6th

@Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre

800pm

Essential Collective Theatre’s SOLO READINGS

101 King Street (2nd Floor), St. Catharines

Pay-What-You-Can ($10 suggested)

http://www.ectheatre.ca/current-season/ect-playwrights-weekend-june-6-7/ 

-Join us for staged readings of excerpts from solo plays written by emerging and established Niagara Playwrights!

 

 

Saturday June 7th

-Spend the day NLAFing about Niagara with a full day of events including a BOOKFAIR, WORKSHOP, READING and PREMIER of “Medicine” by TJ Dawe

http://www.ectheatre.ca/current-season/ect-playwrights-weekend-june-6-7/ 

 

1000am – 200pm

@Welland Community Wellness Complex

BOOKFAIR

-featuring a mix of local and not-so-local authors, publishers and presses.

This is a FREE event

 

200pm – 400pm

@ECT’s Flexspace

WORKSHOP with Essential Collective Theatre

101 King Street (2nd Floor), St. Catharines

This is a FREE event

-What’s involved in writing and producing your own solo show? What resources are available for Niagara Playwrights? Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges and strategies for success when writing and producing solo. Panelists include T.J. Dawe & Jason Cadieux 

 

 

600pm-730pm

@ECT’s Flexspace

READING featuring CHUCK CRABBE, LESLEY GOODYEAR, KEVIN McCabe and JAVIER ARIZPE ZAMORA

101 King Street (2nd Floor), St. Catharines

This is a FREE event

 

Chuck Crabbe grew up in Guelph, Puslinch, and Belle River Ontario, Canada.  His mother Ann, a midwife, and his father Patrick, a truck terminal manager, encouraged his sense of adventure, independence, and curiosity.

 

Following five years as a student and varsity athlete at the University of Windsor he signed a contract with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, the fulfillment of a dream he had cherished since childhood.  Shortly after, a serious illness and personal upheaval changed the course of his life.

In the year 2000 Chuck accepted a teaching contract and moved to Syros, Greece, an island in the fabled Aegean Sea. Here he travelled extensively and studied the works of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Friedrich Nietzsche, and James Joyce. His subsequent work and travel experiences have included time in England, France, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia.

 

At the age twenty-eight Chuck began work on his first novel, As a Thief in the Night, a labour of love that would last eight years.  He holds a black sash in Wing Chun and Sanshou Kung fu under Sifu Hugh Wilson and currently works as a teacher with the Peel District School Board.

 

Chuck lives in Brampton, Ontario with his wife Lesley and their children.

 

Lesley Goodyear: I am a Metis writer and artist from Brampton. I do illustration and painting with a First Nations focus, and my writing is also often focused on Native Canadian themes. As a writer, my short story "Blue Mavis" recently appeared in Voicings literary magazine: http://issuu.com/voicings/docs/voicingslitmag

Here is my Deviantart Gallery page with images of my fine art work: http://lesleygoodyear.deviantart.com/

 

Kevin McCabe

 

Javier Arizpe Zamora is a poet, writer, and musician from Monterrey, Mexico. Having written for two decades, his first bilingual book of poetry was published in May 2012. He is currently working on the second installment in his “hundreds" poetry series, a short work of fiction called 2020, musical poems and secret projects to be announced.

Some of his multimedia works can be found at 100poesias.wordpress.com

 

800pm

@Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre

PREMIER of “Medicine” by TJ DAWE

101 King Street (2nd Floor), St. Catharines

COST Regular $25, Students/Seniors $20

Purchase tickets at http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4953035 

-Vancouver based, Fringe Festival legend TJ Dawe shares his funny, at times heartbreaking and enlightening experience with Gabor Maté, the Amazonian psychotropic plant medicine ayahuasca, group therapy and his path to introspection.

“Medicine is a deeply honest and generous—not to mention smart and entertaining—piece of theatre.” Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

“Dawe commands the stage with irrevocable presence.” – Sad Mag

 

 

Sunday, June 8th

1:00-6:00pm

The Sanctuary - Centre for the Arts.

Fort Erie

MYSTERY ART SHOW & SALE
A portion of sales goes to supporting and sustaining Fort Erie Arts Council

 

Sunday June 8th

@Fine Grind Café

600pm

READING featuring NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS

37 James Street, St. Catharines

This is a FREE event

 

Adrienne Weiss is a college teacher and writer. She holds an Honours BA in English from the University of Toronto, and an MA in English from York University. Her first book of poems, Awful Gestures, was published in 2001 (Insomniac Press). Previous work has appeared in Taddle Creek, Canadian Literature, Matrix, Room Magazine and Kiss Machine. From the late 1990s to mid-2000s, she was a member of the sketch comedy troupe, The GTOs. She lives in Toronto.

 

Laisha Rosnau is the author of the bestselling novel The Sudden Weight of Snow the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize-winning collection Notes on Leaving, and her most recent poetry colection, Lousy Explorers. Laisha Rosnau’s work has been published in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia, and she was recently anthologized in White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood and Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry. Rosnau currently lives with her husband and two young children in Coldstream, BC.

 

Rob Winger’s first book, Muybridge’s Horse, was a Globe and Mail best book, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Ottawa Book Award, and Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won a CBC Literary Award. His critically acclaimed second collection was The Chimney Stone. Born and raised in small-town Ontario, Rob currently lives in the hills northeast of Toronto, where he teaches at Trent University.

 

700pm

@Rise Above

TOGETHER 2NIGHT

120 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

This is a FREE event

THIS EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE
ST. CATHARINES FOOD NOT BOMBS CHAPTER

ART BAZAAR

Featuring handcrafted items, literature, zines, CDs, tapes, jewelry, and MORE, all to be sold by local artists in the community (individually priced by the vendor). And the best part is that it's PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN to *attend* the event (i.e. even a smile can get you in)! Sunday June 8thth, 7:00pm, at Rise Above (downtown St.Catharines). See details below...

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE

LE STACK
http://noisetrade.com/lestack
https://soundcloud.com/lestack

ANTHONY SWEET
http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Anthony-Sweet
http://www.reverbnation.com/anthonysweet

BOB GOODALL
http://bobgoodallart.wix.com/main

EVERYBODY'S GIRLFRIEND
https://www.facebook.com/EverybodysGirlfriend

THINK OF A NAME
https://www.facebook.com/ThinkOfANameMusic

 

Tuesday June 10th

@Fine Grind Café

700pm

PHILOSOPHER’s CAFÉ “on Nietzsche” with Chuck Crabbe

37 James Street, St. Catharines

This is a FREE event

-a discussion about the philosophy and life of Fredrick Nietzsche.

 

 

Wednesday June 11th

@Cafe on Main (Pelham)

700pm

READING featuring CHUCK CRABBE, BRYAN MINNES, and RUSTY BLACKWOOD

Main Street, Pelham

This is a FREE event

 

Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood believes the flair for fantasy is anything the mind wishes it to be, and she is a master at this. Within her expressive mind is found an endless array of romance, passion, textures and colors to sweep the reader to exotic, faraway places where anything is possible, proving that her words really do leave you breathless.

Canadian born Blackwood grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in south-western Ontario, Canada, where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and to Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher. Although unprofessionally trained in the field, Rusty has always had an affinity for the written word, a gift to express it, and has demonstrated this talent many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001.

Ms. Blackwood now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario and when not at her keyboard, enjoys art, music, nature, gardening, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her loyal cat, Tipper.

 

Chuck Crabbe grew up in Guelph, Puslinch, and Belle River Ontario, Canada.  His mother Ann, a midwife, and his father Patrick, a truck terminal manager, encouraged his sense of adventure, independence, and curiosity.

 

Following five years as a student and varsity athlete at the University of Windsor he signed a contract with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, the fulfillment of a dream he had cherished since childhood.  Shortly after, a serious illness and personal upheaval changed the course of his life.

In the year 2000 Chuck accepted a teaching contract and moved to Syros, Greece, an island in the fabled Aegean Sea. Here he travelled extensively and studied the works of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Friedrich Nietzsche, and James Joyce. His subsequent work and travel experiences have included time in England, France, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia.

 

At the age twenty-eight Chuck began work on his first novel, As a Thief in the Night, a labour of love that would last eight years.  He holds a black sash in Wing Chun and Sanshou Kung fu under Sifu Hugh Wilson and currently works as a teacher with the Peel District School Board.

 

Chuck lives in Brampton, Ontario with his wife Lesley and their children.

 

Thursday June 12th

@Fine Grind Café

730pm

GRAND SLAM featuring JOSIE PENNY

37 James Street, St. Catharines

-the four week GRAND SLAM is your opportunity to experience great feature performers, along with a poetry competition with a $50 cash prize, and gifts for the runner ups.

This is a FREE event.

 

Josie Penny is the author of So few On Earth: A Labrador Métis Woman Remembers, a dramatic personal story of growing up in an isolated Labrador community surrounded by loving family, and how this was crushed by her experiences at residential school. In 2011, Josie was nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for her first book. Having triumphed over personal adversity, Josie is now a retired successful entrepreneur with a large, loving family. She lives in Dunville, Ontario.

 

 

Friday June 13th

@William’s Fresh Cafe

700pm

READING featuring NIKI KOULOURIS, JAVIER ARIZPE ZAMORA and RUSTY BLACKWOOD

4025 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls

http://williamsfreshcafe.com/

This is a FREE event

 

Niki Koulouris was born in Melbourne, Australia. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT University and she has worked as a staff writer for Victoria University in Australia. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The Cortland Review, Space, Metro Magazine, Subtext Magazine and The Age. A beer enthusiast, she has been known to start spontaneous lists on napkins of her top India Pale Ales. Niki lives in Toronto. The sea with no one in it is her first book.

 

Javier Arizpe Zamora is a poet, writer, and musician from Monterrey, Mexico. Having written for two decades, his first bilingual book of poetry was published in May 2012. He is currently working on the second installment in his “hundreds" poetry series, a short work of fiction called 2020, musical poems and secret projects to be announced.

Some of his multimedia works can be found at 100poesias.wordpress.com

 

Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood believes the flair for fantasy is anything the mind wishes it to be, and she is a master at this. Within her expressive mind is found an endless array of romance, passion, textures and colors to sweep the reader to exotic, faraway places where anything is possible, proving that her words really do leave you breathless.

Canadian born Blackwood grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in south-western Ontario, Canada, where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and to Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher. Although unprofessionally trained in the field, Rusty has always had an affinity for the written word, a gift to express it, and has demonstrated this talent many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001.

Ms. Blackwood now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario and when not at her keyboard, enjoys art, music, nature, gardening, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her loyal cat, Tipper.

 

Saturday June 14th

@Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub

St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

700pm

READING featuring RICARDO STERNBERG, ALEX MARKMAN, MELANIE DUGAN, BRYAN MINNES, JAVIER ARIZPE ZAMORA and CHRISTINE MISCIONE

This is a FREE event

Ricardo da Silveira Lobo Sternberg was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to the United States when he was fifteen. He has a B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Riverside and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Between 1975 and 1978 he was a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He is the author of The Unquiet Self: Self and Society in the Poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Valencia: Hispanofila, 1986) and has published extensively on Brazilian and Portuguese literature. He has published translations of poets such as Jorge de Lima, Carlos Drummond de Andrade and João Cabral de Melo Neto. He has published three collections of his own poetry: The Invention of Honey (Montreal: Vehicle Press, 1990, 1996), Map of Dreams (Montreal: Vehicle Press, 1996) and Bamboo Church (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2003, 2006).

 

Alex Markman is the author of fiction books, main subject of which is adventure, romance and integrity of human mind and soul. As a political prisoner in Russia in 1970s, he knew well both oppressors and oppressed prisoners and persecutors, and their moral values, often being far outside the boundary of sane minds.

His drive to discover new places has brought him to such locales as the vast, unspoiled wilderness of Russian Ural and Siberia to the refined urban areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco. His adventures, often dangerous life, and familiarity with people from different cultures have given him abundant material for his highly entertaining stories.  

 

Melanie Dugan is the author of Dead Beautiful (“the writing is gorgeous,” A Soul Unsung), Sometime Daughter (“Stunning debut,” Kingston Whig-Standard) and Revising Romance (“heartwarming, amusing and … downright sexy,” Midwest Book Review).

Born in San Francisco, she has lived in Boston, Toronto, and London, England, and has worked in almost every part of the book world: in libraries and bookstores, as a book reviewer; she was Associate Publisher at Quarry Press, where she also served as managing editor of Poetry Canada Review and Quarry Magazine. She has also worked in journalism, as a freelancer and as visual arts columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard. She has studied at the University of Toronto Writers Workshop and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and has a post-graduate degree in Creative Writing from Humber College. She has done numerous public readings.

Her short stories have been shortlisted for several awards. She lives in Kingston, Ontario

 

Javier Arizpe Zamora is a poet, writer, and musician from Monterrey, Mexico. Having written for two decades, his first bilingual book of poetry was published in May 2012. He is currently working on the second installment in his “hundreds" poetry series, a short work of fiction called 2020, musical poems and secret projects to be announced.

Some of his multimedia works can be found at 100poesias.wordpress.com

 

Bryan Minnes: A lifelong reader with a dream to write …to inspire And touch hearts in laughter and sadness. Past Entrepreneur  …Educator …Writer …Public Speaker …Mentor. A Grandfather, retired, living in the Niagara Wine Region His Inspiration, Simon & Garfunkel  “Preserve Your Memories; They’re All That’s Left You”  

 

Christine Miscione is a Canadian fiction writer. Her work has appeared in various Canadian publications, such as  Exile: The Literary Quarterly, This Magazine, and The Puritan. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Hamilton Arts Award for Best Emerging Writer. In 2012, Miscione’s story, Skin Just, won first place in the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Editions CVC Short Fiction Contest (emerging writer category). Her debut short story collection, Auxiliary Skins, was released in 2013. She is currently working on her first novel, which will be published through Mansfield Press next fall (2014).  

 

Wednesday June 18th

@Savoury and Sweet Restaurant

800pm

The Poetry Jam featuring BRYAN MINNES JESS TAYLOR and MARC diSAVERIO

3770 Bridgewater Street, Niagara Falls

www.savouryandsweet.com

This is a FREE event

 

Bryan Minnes: A lifelong reader with a dream to write …to inspire And touch hearts in laughter and sadness. Past Entrepreneur  …Educator …Writer …Public Speaker …Mentor. A Grandfather, retired, living in the Niagara Wine Region His Inspiration, Simon & Garfunkel  “Preserve Your Memories; They’re All That’s Left You”  

 

 

Jess Taylor is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series. She writes poems, stories, novels, and songs. She co-edited Echolocation Magazine and blogs for The Puritan’s Town Crier. Her work has been published in Little Brother, Little Fiction, Great Lakes Review, Emerge Literary Journal, and more, and she recently had a chapbook, And Then Everyone, released by Picture Window Press. Jess is a graduate of The University of Toronto’s English in the Field of Creative Writing Master’s Program. Recently, Jess was named a fiction finalist for a 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction and named “one of the best alt-lit reads coming out of Canada” by Dazed and Confused Magazine.

 


 

Marc di Saverio hails from Hamilton, Ontario. His poetry and translations have appeared in such outfits as The Dalhousie Review, Misunderstandings, Modern Haiku, Haiku Scotland, and Maisonneuve Magazine. Recently Simply Haiku named him one of "the top ten world's finest living English haiku poets for the year 2011." In September 2013, his debut collection, Sanatorium Songs, was published with Palimpsest Press.

 

 

Thursday June 19th

@Fine Grind Café

730pm

GRAND SLAM featuring AMANDA TULK

37 James Street, St. Catharines

-the four week GRAND SLAM is your opportunity to experience great feature performers, along with a poetry competition with a $50 cash prize, and gifts for the runner ups.

This is a FREE event.

 

AMANDA TULK I have lived in the falls my whole life I am married and have 2 fabulous daughters. I started writing when I was 6 and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. When I am not writing about the truths of parenting I am studying my kids to write about the truths of parenting. The best part of my career is playing with my kids.

 

 

600pm-800pm

 

@Mahtay Cafe

 

Window Fishing: The night we caught Beatlemania

 

St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

 

"Window Fishing: The night we caught Beatlemania" ed John B Lee

 

Just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, Sunday, February 9th, 1964,is an important cultural event, in that it encapsulates a significant historical period with its impact upon the sensibilities of a number of writers from around the world for whom the Beatles were a major inspiration. The British band, banned in Cuba, China and the Soviet Union, managed to sing beyond those walls and capture the imagination of young people growing up in repressive regimes. American poet Robert Sward writes Doesn’t think he knows anything for sure only Ed Sullivan and the Beatles, Canadian poet Betsy Struthers confirms the spontaneous orgasm of screaming girls in her autobiographical account of her attendance at a Beatle concert in Toronto When it’s over, we slump in our seats as others shuffle past, limp, spent. Sis’s face a mask of streaked mascara, smudged lipstick. She’s panting softly now, eyes closed, hands folded on her breasts as if in prayer. My shift plastered to my spine, thighs gummed together, parched throat. Ears tingle in the aftermath. The scream that fades into this little death. With record sales of over two billion to date, the Beatles remain a cultural phenomenon without parallel. What began in England in 1961, spread throughout North America in 1964, and continues to inspire writers from all over the world lives on in the work of fifteen-year old Korean poet, Paul Jeong who writes, “Imagine silence/after the fall/total quiet/where eyes are opened/amid awakening.” In this poem he equates the falling of rain all over the planet with the impact of the Beatles on the awakening consciousness of people all over the world. John B. Lee, Canada’s premier anthologist, brings together several generations of writers, from China, Russia, Korea, United States, and Canada, in celebration of the movement that struck a spark in the imagination of people all over the world. For his part he puts it this way in his own poem, “Encountering Fame,” a poem concerning a brief interaction with Paul McCartney, “and my heart pounded/like a child trapped in a trunk/marked 1964”. David McGimpsey in his hilarious poem writes, “… Maybe it’s just me. I’ve seen people singing classic Beatles songs— from “Hey, Moon Cat!” to “Love Is So Lovely”- and they all seemed perfectly happy to me.”

 

 

 

Amber Homeniuk’s first chapbook, Product of Eden: Field of Mice (2013)was commissioned by the Norfolk Arts Centre. The Words Aloud 9 festival scholarship recipient, her poems appear inBeyond the Seventh Morning (SandCrab, 2013), Numéro Cinq, and The Malahat Review. She is an expressive arts therapist in rural southwestern Ontario.

 

 

 

Deborah Cox is a prize winning poet who mucks about with and shares her writing with anyone she can get to listen. That is, between the full-time teaching and parenting. Her M.Ed. is from U of T and her M.A. in English is from Brock. 

 

 

 

Keith Inman's work can be found in major journals across Canada, and in Ireland. His first full length book, What Angels Hear: War Poems, is scheduled for release this fall from Black Moss Press. Keith lives and writes in Niagara.

 

 

 

Susan Evans Shaw’s passion for history, be it family, local and beyond, has generated published articles, contributions to anthologies, a book on historic houses of Hamilton and two guide books to the battlefields of World Wars I and II. She lives in a Hamilton high-rise with her cats, Lotte and Maui.

 

 

John B. Lee is the author of over seventy published books including The Beatles Landed in New York. Seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan made him want to be a writer.

 

Friday June 20th

@Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub

St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

700pm

READING featuring DANIEL PERRY, CD ONOFRIO, SONIA di PLACIDO, and ADAM GETTY

This is a FREE event

 

Daniel Perry's stories have been short-listed for the Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Prize, and have appeared in more than 25 publications including The Dalhousie Review, Exile Literary Quarterly, Riddle Fence, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Little Fiction, The Prague Revue, and the Stone Skin Press anthology The Lion and the Aardvark. He lives in Toronto, and on Twitter @danielperrysays.

 

C.D. Onofrio is a pop songwriter and poet.  His songs and concerns range in genre and influence and touch on diverse subject matter.  He began writing songs at 17, when he learned to play guitar.  It was natural for him to retire to a room and spend an hour or two coming up with inventions and creating songs.   At one point, he read that Thomas Edison had hundreds of inventions before he had any success.  This fact stuck with C.D.,  he has written prolifically since his first song, learning and growing as an artist and musician.  He continues to learn everyday.

C.D. has released two albums with Sea of Gold and Burgundy,  Two Solo albums and one album with theAdores.

 

Sonia Di Placido is a writer, performer, and artist currently completing the Creative Writing, Optional Residency MFA Program, with the University of British Columbia. She is also a graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre School and holds an honours degree in Humanities from York University. She has worked as a Supernumerary with the Canadian Opera Company and is a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Sonia has published profile pieces, creative non-fiction, and poems in literary journals and anthologies.

 

 

Adam Getty was born in Toronto and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He has had his poetry published in journals in both the USA and Canada. His first full length book, Reconciliation, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry and was shortlisted for the 2003 Trillium Award. Repose was cited as one of the "best volumes of verse in 2008" by the Winnipeg Free Press.

 

 

Saturday June 21st

@Pelham Public Library

200pm – 400pm

BOOKFAIR

This is a FREE event

-come and enjoy a flavouring of local and not-so-local authors as we celebrate Pelham Public Library’s 4th year with NLAF including readings at the library and an After Fair Reading Event.

 

600pm

@Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub

St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

READING featuring JIM SMITH, ROBERTO ANGELIS, ELIZABETH CHAPMAN, JAEL RICHARDSON and BRYAN MINNES

 

Jim Smith moved from his birthplace, Niagara Falls, to Kingston in 1952. He started writing seriously in Grade 8 in 1963. His first published story earned him $5 from West Coast Review in 1972. His magazine, The Front, lasted from about 1972 to 1980, and the spinoff Front Press published books and pamphlets in the ’80s by writers like David McFadden, bpNichol, Wayne Clifford and Stuart Ross. Between 1979 and 1998, Smith published about half a dozen books of poetry, plus a number of chapbooks and ephemera. In the mid-’90s he diverted himself to law, and has been a civil litigator for the last decade. His Mansfield books are Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems (2009) and Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra. He continues to live and write in Toronto.

 

Roberto Angelis: Despite a rather secular early childhood, since the tender age of ten, Roberto was raised under the shadow of a fundamentally restrictive cult. An old world religion steeped in tradition, filtered through a graceless love, rooted in fear. Thus caged, stripped of song and clipped of wing, the young Roberto was most vehemently denied the opportunity to further explore his multi-faceted artistic gifts, or simply experience a normal childhood, and the freedom of choice which might have been found just outside the insidious confines of the order.

As an adolescent growing up, denied the influence of television, radio, literature, to wit, any form of mainstream media whatsoever, Roberto found himself secretly penning his mind's escape from the vicious cycle of violent conditioning and abuse. Reaching ever deeper despite his surroundings, creating beautifully broken poetry where vile words were spoken, retreating further still into his tormented being, and immersing himself within the sweetest symphony of sound, with every connecting blow. Drowning out the curses, fists, and buckles, with angelic harmonies, celestial woodwinds, and sadly sometimes, red violins.. Convincing himself that it could not be, that this was somehow all just a bad dream which couldn't really be happening. Knowing all too well that if he were to speak out, were he to mention anything to anyone at all, the violence would only become worse. Much, much worse. Thus, compelled, he went deeper still within himself, as he continued to write out the closet whispers of his innermost being.

After an indescribable period of suffering, and many tumultuous years of struggling to overcome the demons of his past, there is little wonder why the Poet's tenacious grasp of hook and rhyme bleed with a devotion to life, and freedom seldom heard.

Roberto has been described as a truly unique and groundbreaking presence on the music and art scene, whose main influences and inspirations are not necessarily those of our modern culture, rather a truthful portrayal of an innocence lost. A paradoxical missive upon a steep and thorny road less travelled, tinged with a preternatural haze more often felt than seen. Remnants of the antagonist and protagonist vying for position within the man, as clawing shades of grey warring within an ancient, ravaged soul.

In his own words Roberto once described his cathartic journey as, 'A quest to find God.. I endeavor to embrace the unsung beauty I find strewn amongst the broken pieces of my life, writing the songs and painting the pictures which well up within me.. not necessarily because I want to, for the colors I'm drawn towards are rather those born of conviction... Indeed, I feel compelled somehow, some would venture to say possessed.. This thing they call a gift, has often come at a price-less-ness verging upon suicide.. A gift to be certain, as I earned it not, but perhaps also more of a staggering burden, and less of a blessing.. Although one simple turn of phrase might inspire yet another, it would seem I die a little with each line.'

Roberto's hauntingly distended vocal texture, combined with his lyrical genius and infectious phrasing, testify to a brutal truth. An axiom at times jagged and hard to swallow, yet so often sweet, brimming with pregnant promise for a brighter tomorrow. Perhaps more poignantly, Roberto's music resonates within the deeper chambers and unswept places of the heart. It speaks to those who are willing to walk a mile upon the sands of self discovery, place their crutches aside and lay down their implements of war. It beckons with subtlety, bidding us come closer, begging unanswered questions of ourselves, daring us to stand nude before the blinding reflection of the mirror on the wall.

Often spiritual, yet ever plagued with the frailty of our human condition, Roberto's melodic musings take the listener on an emotional kaleidoscope of color and passion as could only be woven by one who has laughed and cried with you, held your hand, and called you friend.

 

Bryan Minnes: A lifelong reader with a dream to write …to inspire And touch hearts in laughter and sadness. Past Entrepreneur  …Educator …Writer …Public Speaker …Mentor. A Grandfather, retired, living in the Niagara Wine Region His Inspiration, Simon & Garfunkel  “Preserve Your Memories; They’re All That’s Left You”  

 

Wednesday June 25th

@Savoury and Sweet Restaurant

800pm

The Poetry Jam featuring SARAH BURGESS and KEVIN McCABE

3770 Bridgewater Street, Niagara Falls

www.savouryandsweet.com

 

Sarah Burgess

 

Kevin McCabe

 

 

Thursday June 26th

@Fine Grind Café

730pm

GRAND SLAM featuring GILLIAN SZE

37 James Street, St. Catharines

-the four week GRAND SLAM is your opportunity to experience great feature performers, along with a poetry competition with a $50 cash prize, and gifts for the runner ups.

This is a FREE event.

 

Gillian Sze is the author of two previous collections: The Anatomy of Clay (2011) and Fish Bones (2009). Her work has appeared in a number of national and international journals, and has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 2011 3Macs carte blanche Prize. Originally from Winnipeg, she now resides in Montreal.

 

Friday June 27th

@Mahtay Café

700pm

UNSEEN featuring BUDDY WAKEFIELD

with Jade Alyssa, CD Onofrio, Javier Arizpe Zamora and Deb Nanson

-come celebrate the social definer, TERRY TROWBRIDGE, as friends, fans, strangers and guests perform for one of St. Catharines’ most tireless activist.

This is a FREE event.

 

Buddy Wakefield was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Baytown, Texas. In 2001, he left his position as an executive assistant for a biomedical firm Washington, sold or gave away everything he owned, and moved into a Honda Civic to tour North American poetry venues. In 2004 and again in 2005, Buddy Wakefield won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship title, becoming the first poet to win the title two consecutive years. Wakefield has been a member of several poetry slam teams, including Team Seattle in 2006 and 2007. When not on tour, Wakefield lives near Seattle, Washington and serves on the board of Youth Speaks Seattle, a non-profit literary arts organization. Wakefield has published three books of poetry: Some They Can’t Contain (2004, originally The Wordsmith Press; reissued by Write Bloody Publishing), Live for a Living (2007, Write Bloody Publishing) and Gentleman Practice (2011, Write Bloody Publishing) Wakefield has also released three full-length spoken word albums with producer Jon Berardi: A Stretch of Presence (1999), Run On Anything (2006) which was released by Strange Famous Records, and Live at the Typer Cannon Grand (2009) which was released by Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco first became aware of Wakefield when her mother saw him perform at an art gallery in Buffalo NY and gave DiFranco a print out of Wakefield’s website, saying, “You have to do something with this guy.” The album contains recordings of live performances, including several from Wakefield’s numerous times opening for DiFranco on her tour, as well as one studio-produced track. Wakefield has had a profound impact on the contemporary Poetry Slam movement, both in his performance and writing style as well as how he has conducted his career. In her book, Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz named Wakefield as “the modern poetry slam role model.”

 

Deb Nanson is a women's and human rights activist and founder of Terry's Everygreen Addiction and Recovery Services. She currently lives in St Catharines, Ontario where her work revolves around helping the local sex workers and addicts find ways out of their current lives. She is a dedicated activist and mother and sister to many lost souls. Her book Evergreen is her first written work.

You can find her on Facebook.

Jade Alyssa/ Jade Wallace/ Madame deChevre/ Kumquat/ Something Else Tomorrow: Likes animals more than people, but is an extremely empathetic misanthrope. Loves all genders but doesn't feel gendered. Mild hypochondriac on a restrictive (but exciting) diet full of vegan cupcakes. Has a penchant for naming inanimate objects. Fancies self to be in possession of acute wit. Likes books more than TV but lately tends to watch TV because has low expectations and is not as disappointed when it is bad. Ironically, hates third person narratives.
For more information (or less information and more pictures) consult: madamedechevre.tumblr.com

 

C.D. Onofrio is a pop songwriter and poet.  His songs and concerns range in genre and influence and touch on diverse subject matter.  He began writing songs at 17, when he learned to play guitar.  It was natural for him to retire to a room and spend an hour or two coming up with inventions and creating songs.   At one point, he read that Thomas Edison had hundreds of inventions before he had any success.  This fact stuck with C.D.,  he has written prolifically since his first song, learning and growing as an artist and musician.  He continues to learn everyday.

C.D. has released two albums with Sea of Gold and Burgundy,  Two Solo albums and one album with theAdores.

 

 

Saturday June 28th

@Fine Grind Café

700pm

UNSEEN featuring DAGMAR MORGAN, LISA de NIKOLITS, MELODIE CAMPBELL, DEB NANSON AND JADE ALYSSA

37 James Street, St. Catharines

-come celebrate the social definer, TERRY TROWBRIDGE, as friends, fans, strangers and guests perform for one of St. Catharines’ most tireless activist.

This is a FREE event.

 

Poet, activist, musician and educator, Dagmar Morgan is the current Greater Toronto Area Slam Poetry Champion of Champions. Regarded as a dynamic voice on the Canadian poetry scene, Dagmar won her first slam championship the very first three times she stepped on a poetry stage -- something unheard of in the slam world. This initial slam title took her to the CFSW National Poetry (team) Championships in Montreal in 2013. Dagmar emerged from the nationals experience with a distinctive voice and an undeniable presence in her writing and performance. It’s no wonder she is keeping a busy schedule of performances, workshops, competitions and commissioned work.

 

Dagmar’s passion for expression has always permeated her life. As a formidable vocalist and songwriter, she has shared stage and studio time with some of Canada’s top talent. However, Dagmar’s musical drive does not stop at performing and writing. As an educator she taught music and poetry to children, teens and adults. Her love of mentoring artistic expression brought her to a position on the board of directors for The Matty Jae Youth Foundation, a non-profit that uses arts programming to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for Connect the Sector, a network that connects diverse voices and generations in the non-profit sector.

 

When Dagmar is not doing humanitarian work across the world, she lives in her hometown Toronto. Currently, she spends time with a very rambunctious grade 3 and 4 class. Together they write poems, sing songs and talk about important things like, Harry Potter spells and which colours should not be put together in a rainbow loom bracelet.

 

Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived and worked in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain.

 

Melodie Campbell is billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy" by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014,) Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich. Winner of ten awards, including the 2014 Derringer for the mob comedy The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books,) Melodie has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels. Melodie got her start writing stand-up. In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. These days, she redeems herself as the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

 

Deb Nanson is a women's and human rights activist and founder of Terry's Everygreen Addiction and Recovery Services. She currently lives in St Catharines, Ontario where her work revolves around helping the local sex workers and addicts find ways out of their current lives. She is a dedicated activist and mother and sister to many lost souls. Her book Evergreen is her first written work.

You can find her on Facebook.

 

Monday June 30th

HEARTHSIDE HEARING

featuring Carl David Onofrio

-to attend, please contact niagaraliteraryartsfestival@gmail.com or 905.329.4739 before June 29th